Monthly Archive:: November 2010

What is it about English teams that  makes everyone so desperate to beat them in almost every sport? It could be that they rate themselves so highly that it is a pleasure to watch them fall from self-created lofty heights. Maybe there is still some resentment about that whole colonising and trying to take over the world malarkey. Either way when they fail, especially at home,  it certainly brings a smile to the face. Whatever the reason, you can bet that the Springboks will not need any further motivation to beat England at Twickenham. Snow, sleet, rain and less than zero degree temperatures are predicted for Saturday’s game which will level the playing fields somewhat. It may even benefit the Bokke as the back line has failed to fire in all three games so far and it is in the forwards where they still have the slimmest of hopes. When informed of the conditions Matfield put on his best poker face and said that the Bokke did not mind and would be ready no matter what the weather. &nbsp

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Here is The Big Picture’s selection of 47 images from the categories of People, Places and Nature in National Geographic’s 2010 Photography Contest. Photos that will literally make you take your pants off. National Geographic’s Photography Contest 2010 Entries close on November 30 2010, if you’ve got something in the bag to rival these then go go gadget submit, if not, just put your pants back on

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Newton’s Law of Universal Gravity is clearly a dated observation with little practical application for Norwegian snowboarders. [Thanks Janitor] So that’s how you do a tripple front flip… I just got sick on my keyboard. Shot in the Dark, Process Films,

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Last week the Springboks came back after trailing 17-6 after 35min to take the lead with two great tries and a much improved second half performance.  They showed Maverick character and bloody mindedness on defence to hold out for the last 10 minutes against sustained pressure, which exciting as it was, may well have cost most supporters years off their lives. After victories over Ireland and Wales, the Grand Slam hopes are still alive and kicking as this week’s Test against Scotland should be the easiest of the 4 games. Scotland were taught a massive rugby lesson last Saturday by a dominant All Black side but can the Bokke dish out some of the same this Saturday? Pieter De Villiers has taken a lot of flak recently for his substitutions but Fancois Hougaard, Pat Lambie and Willem Alberts all made telling contributions off the bench and Hougaard has been rewarded with a starting place this week. In other changes, Spies gets a rest with Ryan Kankowski starting at 8th Man. Alberts will again start off the bench. Speedster Lwazi Mvovo gets his first start and the promising Shark wing will be looking to replicate the fine form he has shown [&hellip

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Scottish street trials pro rider Danny MacAskill follows up his sublime 2009 street trials video with this journey from Edinburgh to his childhood home of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, titled “Way Back Home.” “Once you learn something, you don’t need the guards,” he says. “I’ve smashed eight helmets and they were potentially lethal crashes. There’s not that much up there, but it is still worth keeping it intact.” If you missed the 2009 Inspired Bicycles video, you’re not one of the 21 million viewers who looked at their bikes in a whole new light, and subsequently put themselves in traction, get that perspective here: Macaskill found himself catapulted to fame after this video went viral, drawing 12 million viewers in it’s first week, the phone rang off the hook with offers from American talk shows to Korean Circuses, who’d obviously grown tired of the Iron Lotus performed by Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy. Danny Megaskill, aka Taggart, rides for Inspired Bicycles, probably not the worst advertisement for the brand

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“Packing all of your belongings into a U-Haul and then transporting them across several states is nearly as stressful and futile as trying to run away from lava in swim fins.” I love this lady’s spin on life as much as I love her illustrations. If you haven’t caught her before check out Hyperbole and a Half, for loyal patrons, her latest post is here: Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving

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